Change of job: this is how to succeed in the first 100 days
In any job, it is the first 100 days that decide success or failure. It is important to build trust and credibility in this time, as well as demonstrating competence.
The interview went well, the employment contract has been signed. This is actually when you should lean back and relax. The faster the first day at work approaches, the clearer it becomes: The actual test is yet to come. Many interviews are yet to follow - with your new colleagues. Starting a new job means learning the ropes.
Month 1: listen and learn
The first day in the office. Here quite evidently no one seems to have been waiting for you.
Everyone is going about their business, without paying you much attention. You feel like on the first day at school, just without the celebration. This scenario may not of course happen quite like that. But either way: do not start with too high expectations in the new job and do not take on too much. Regardless of how much expert knowledge you bring to a new role, in the first days it is important to hang back.
The first month is a matter of getting to know work processes and the corporate culture, as well as coming up with answers to trivial questions. For example:
- "Should I address new colleagues by their first names?"
- "How long is the lunch break actually?"
- "Who is really the boss here?"
Month 2: Make connections
By the beginning of the second month you should know the hierarchies and the unwritten rules. Now is the time to focus on making connections. Win your colleagues over, because that is the only way to actually use your expert knowledge in future. Good connections are the key to success.
Month 3: Score points with expert knowledge
The third month is finally the right moment to demonstrate your competence. But don't appear to be a know-all, and avoid phrases like, "at my old company we..."; better to present yourself as a tactful problem solver.
You should always keep on thing in mind: The impression that you make at the start often sticks forever. That is why you should tread carefully in your behaviour, because the first months in a new job are a difficult balancing act between assimilating and making a name for yourself.
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